The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

We will update this page to highlight and link to what’s new in our guidance and Guide to the Environmental Information Regulations.

July 2022

We have updated the guidance on how exceptions and the public interest test work in the Environmental Information Regulations.

February 2022

We updated What is environmental information.

December 2021

We have updated the guidance to Interpreting and clarifying requestsRequests about previous information requests (meta requests), Determining whether we hold environmental information and we have updated the verbal request log sheet for environmental information.

November 2021

We have updated the guidance to Regulation 9 – Advice and Assistance and Internal reviews under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).

October 2021

We have updated the guidance to Confidentiality of commercial or industrial information (regulation 12(5)(e)), Regulation 12(5)(b) – The course of justice and inquiries exception, The right to recorded information and requests for documents and Form and format of information (regulation 6).

August 2021

We have updated the guidance to Refusing a request under the EIR.

May 2021

We have updated the guidance to Charging for information under the EIR.

December 2020

We have updated the guidance to Property searches and the EIR and Key Questions for Public Authorities.

October 2020

We have updated the guidance to Regulation 2(1) - What is environmental information? and How we deal with complaints.